paidContent is reporting that Yahoo may soon sell off its Yahoo Games unit in an effort to cut costs. HotJobs, Yahoo Small Business and Yahoo Personals are already on the sell list.
Yahoo Games averages 19.2 million unique visits per month and partnerships with PopCap, Gogii Games and Big Fish have helped to create a portfolio of hundreds of games. Yahoo’s fantasy sports business would not be included in the fire sale as it is part of Yahoo Sports.
While Yahoo doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation, paidContent’s sources say two potential buyers have already come calling. Who might be interested in acquiring Yahoo Games? Speculation runs from IGN Entertainment to Best Buy and GameStop but MSN Games and AOL are seen as the best candidates.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo have worked out a deal to merge their search engine businesses in a direct challenge to Google’s dominance.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen…